Steve Kuntz' intention with his work is simple -- to connect our modern sensibility with the deeper mysteries of being human. He selects his wood with longevity in mind to create sculptures that will continue to stir our sub-conscious with ancient, yet familiar images. Some of the wood he works with is hundreds of years old, fostering that important sense of connection between past and present.
Following his degree in art from San Diego State University, Steve ran a studio in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, where he met his wife, Lisa Hawthorne.
He has worked with a wide range of collectors, both corporate and private, such as Dr. Seuss, the Miami Dolphins and Nike.
When Steve began living in Oregon with his family, he was acclaimed locally as the "Michelangelo of Driftwood." He sees the final sculpture in the form, waiting to come forth under his patient hand. Many people comment on the beautiful flow of wood into imaginary flesh, feathers or fur.
In addition to the fabulously organic sculptures that emerge from his studio, Steve works with his brother-in-law Chris Hawthorne, creating unique sculptures, both free-standing and wall-mounted artwork, using glass, metal and wood. "My creativity is entwined with human contact," Steve says, "I see art as a reflection of life's beauty and pain, balanced in an expansive rhythm."